Worcester Center for Crafts marks the 10th anniversary of “Hot Night in the City,” a free public event, on July 20 at the center, 25 Sagamore Road.
The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., has been organized by the center as a thank-you to the public for supporting crafts, artists and the Worcester Center for Crafts, according to Executive Director Honee A. Hess.
The event is not a fundraiser, according to Hess, who described it as a “block party-style open house inspired by the heat of summer and the fiery processes of craft."
“Hot Night gives us the opportunity to literally turn ourselves inside out in order to tell the community thank you for being partners with us,” said Hess. “We have these ‘hot’ activities going on every day, but on Hot Night we bring them out into the open for all to see and enjoy.”
Visitors can expect illuminating demonstrations of glassblowing, raku firing, flame working and blacksmithing, she said. The public also will have the opportunity to try their hand at throwing pots in an outside area called Wheel Throwing Under the Stars. This will feature short introductory hands-on experiences with centering clay and throwing pots, said Hess. “Visitors can try it themselves.”
A portable glass furnace will be set up in the center’s parking lot to demonstrate the glassblowing that goes on at the center's New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St., Worcester.
Blacksmith Joshua Swalec will forge metals outside the center, and raku artist Ginny Gillen and her class will do a pottery raku firing. The Metals Studio inside the center will showcase faculty and students working and exhibiting their jewelry, enamels and more.
“New this year will be an activity outside in which the public will help to create some cylindrical, carved clay sculptures that will be displayed outside of the craft center once the works are fired after Hot Night,” said Hess. Also new will be a free drawing for some very “hot” craft center T-shirts, she said.
Each visitor who comes in the front gate will receive a free drawing ticket, which can be dropped into the drawing box in the Gallery Lobby.
The dish about the food:
“When the event first started, the volunteers prepared pizza on the premise,” said Candace Casey, director of the center’s Krikorian Gallery. “We all remember those days. Now we let the professionals do all the food.”
“B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge was one of our first food vendors, and owner Brian Treitman is still with us,” said Hess, who explained that the award-winning B.T.’s wood-fired BBQ fits well with the event’s theme of the fiery processes of craft.
She said this year the food options have been expanded with “fun” food purveyors adding variety to menus. Note: Vendors set the food prices.
Food trucks include Off the Hook Roadside Eatery of Rutland, specializing in lobster rolls, chowder and other fan favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs; Sabor Latino, with its Latin-themed menu and vegetarian rice, beans and empanadas; and a new favorite, kettle corn.
Renee King Diaz, owner of The Queen’s Cups in Worcester, will bring her award-winning cupcakes and special desserts to the party. Yum!
Hess said Austin Liquors in Worcester is in charge of a beer tasting, with products from the Everett-based Down the Road Beer Co. The local band Jubilee Gardens will provide an eclectic mix of music, she said.
Parking will be available in the former L&L parking lot and along Sagamore Road, Grove Street and Park Avenue.
The opening exhibit of Tess Barbato’s paintings will be held in the Krikorian Gallery on July 20. According to Casey, Barbato won the opportunity for a one-person show at the center as the first-prize winner of "NOW: New Work, New Artists," a joint exhibition between ArtsWorcester and the Worcester Center for Crafts in 2016.
Enjoy the Hot Night in the City celebration!
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All summer long and beyond, through the app, fans will receive national weekly exclusive DQ deals on treats, food and beverages, redeemable at participating DQ restaurants. Also, access to a store locator and the DQ menu will be available through the app.
For more information, visit www.dairyqueen.com. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, with more than 11.4 million friends.
Dunkin’ Donuts, 990 Grafton St., Worcester, is among Dunkin’ Donuts locations participating in a free Donut Fries offer on July 13.
The first 100 guests, starting at 10 a.m. and while supplies last, will receive a free order of Dunkin’ Donut Fries.
The promotion is in celebration of National Fry Day July 13. Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Bourne, Cambridge, Canton and Nashua, New Hampshire, are also participating in the event.
Dunkin’ Donut Fries is a spin on classic fries. Five individual pieces of buttery croissant-style doughnut dough are in each order. They are tossed in cinnamon sugar and served warm. Cost is $2.
The summer Food Truck Festival at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14.
Food, craft beers, live music and more!
Festival cost: $5 per person, in advance: $7, at the door; kids, $3 in advance for ages 6 to 12: $5, at the door. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.
There also is festival package pricing that includes admission plus one trip on the SkyRide.
For more information, visit www.wachusett.com or telephone (978) 464-2300.
The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce website (www.northcentralmass.com) and the Worcester Central Kids Calendar (www.worcestercentralkidscalendar.com) list activities and the food trucks and breweries that will participate in the event.
The Worcester Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-22 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
The family-friendly event will have more than 100 exhibitors, some offering free samples of their products that range from comfort foods and baked goods to healthy lifestyle options such as protein bars and probiotic drinks.
A one-day pass costs $15 per adult; one-day pass for kids 3 to 12 is $5.
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